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Loyal Refugee Volunteers
Attack on Refugee Post

July 21st, 1780

Yesterday morning about nine o'clock, Generals Wayne and Irwin, with the 1st and 2d Pennsylvania brigades of infantry, Colonel Moyland's cavalry and Proctor's artillery, the flower of Washington's army, consisting of about 1800 troops, with 6 six pounders, and one howitz, appeared in view of Col. CUYLER's refugee post, on the Jersey shore, which was then commanded by Captain Thomas WARD;

about 10 o'clock they advanced with their cannon, within 160 yards of the Refugee works, and commenced a tremendous cannonade which lasted till half past 11; they attempted to storm the abbatis, but were repulsed with the loss of about 90 killed and wounded among which are five officers.

The loss of the Refugees is 4 killed, and 8 slightly wounded; no veterans could have behaved better on this occasion than these few Loyalists. And his Excellency the Commander in Chief, has expressed his thanks and approbation to this LOYAL BAND, for their spirited and gallant behaviour.

The Royal Gazette, (New York), July 22d, 1780.

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